Flight of the Alkali Bee

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May 3, 2012, Nella Letizia, CAHNRS - Marketing, News, and Educational Communications New Study to Follow Insect’s Population, Flight Path over U.S. Highway 12 PROSSER, Wash.—Can a bee learn to fly over, instead of across, a busy highway? WSU entomologist Douglas Walsh is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation to find out. Walsh… » More ...

Sustainable Farming, Insect Biodiversity and Climate Change

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 By Nella Letizia, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University are conducting a study with potato farmers to determine if promoting biodiversity in insect communities helps insects, especially beneficial ones, withstand the effects of a warming climate. "There really isn’t much research… » More ...

Exploring Impact of Pesticides on Bee Colonies

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The sudden disappearance of honey bees in many parts of the country might be related to pesticide exposure, according to Washington State University entomologist Walter S. Sheppard. Read article, The Secret Death of Bees, from Spring 2010 in the Washington State Magazine Beekeepers have struggled as hives have failed soon after the bees embark on their… » More ...

Integrated Pest Management at Work

A team of WSU researchers and their wine-industry collaborators are the winners of the 2007 Integrated Pest Management Team Award. WSU Entomologist Doug Walsh discusses his team's award-winning IPM strategy in a vineyard in Prosser, Wash. Photo: Brian Clark. The award is given each year to the team that successfully implements an integrated pest management… » More ...

Protecting Poplars

Hybrid poplars are among the fastest-growing trees in North America and are well suited for the production of bioenergy (e.g., heat, power, transportation fuels), fiber (e.g., paper, pulp, particle board, etc.) and other bio-based products (e.g., organic chemicals, adhesives). Because poplar trees have so many economic, environmental and agricultural advantages, it is important they are… » More ...

HIPPOs in the House

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HIPPOs, a novel strategy for improving the control of mites and insects in hops and grapes, is being developed by WSU associate professor of entomology David James. James and his research team are working on multiple field experiments with the potential to improve pest management, not only in hops and grapes, but also in a… » More ...